Survival fiction is back in the forefront this week with an all-new book in Joe Nobody’s Holding Their Own Series. This is book number twelve which is a testament to the popularity of not only this series, but of Joe himself.
This latest book, Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads, continues the trials and tribulations of Bishop, Terri, and their team, as they survive in a world gone sideways. As with the rest of the books in the series, the characters are real people, with personalities and emotions we can identify with.
Today I share an all-new interview with Joe (and it is a good one!) plus I have a copy of the first three books in the Holding Their Own Series up for grabs with a single winner takes all! The books are:
Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Book 1)
Holding Their Own: The Independents (Book 2)
Holding Their Own: Pedestals of Ash (Book 3)
An Interview with Joe Nobody, Author of the Holding Their Own Series
This is your sixth Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival which speaks to your success as an author in the preparedness and survival niche. That being said, how do you differentiate this book, The Copperheads, from your previous books?
Developing a plot for a novel is always a challenge, but this book was inspired by the latest political trends as evidenced in the main storyline. Like so many Americans, I was a bit surprised by the support Bernie Sanders received. While it’s nothing new for our country’s youth to display a socialist tint in their reasoning, I decided it would be interesting to play out that mindset in a post-apocalyptic setting. Of course, Bishop, Terri, and friends are right in the middle of things.
Do you ever suffer “prepper burnout” and if so, how do you deal with it?
No, at least not yet. I believe the reason why is that I don’t do any preps that don’t have a dual purpose. My family and I love all aspects of outdoor living – camping, hiking, rock climbing and fishing – preppers or not. The skills learned by a rustic vacation are valuable in understanding life off-the-grid. And,the gear for all those activities is very useful for preparing. The way I see it, 90% of my preparing activity adds value to my life, either in gratification, recreation, or enjoying my family. I think that is how I avoid both burnout and “prepper’s remorse.”
What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges we face going forward?
Social discord. America is growing more and more divided. I used to think our greatest threat was the economy, and while that may still manifest, I am starting to believe social unrest will be the catalyst for an event if one occurs.
Two acronyms are bantered about among survival and prepper types. They are SHTF and BOB. How do you feel about these two terms and do you use them yourself?
I do use both terms. SHTF is any situation that is negative and could grow worse, or even out of control. When my home flooded recently, I used that term a lot. BOB, to me, still means “Blow out bag,” or the personal medical kit a trooper or Marine carries while in the field. It’s only been in the last few years that the term “bug out bag” has been adapted for use in the prepper community. My BOB (in the truck) is really my camping backpack. It is constantly in use and being supplemented, resupplied, or inventoried. It gives me piece of mind to know it is there.
What advice do you have for a young person in their 20s who has shown an interest in preparedness?
Do not spend any time, money, or energy on preps that don’t have a dual purpose. Learning how to camp, as an example, is great prepper experience. Hunting, gardening, hiking, exploring – these are all fundamental prepper skills and entertaining at the same time. The end of days may never come (I hope!) so using preps to enhance your “normal” lifestyle merely makes good sense.
Tell me about your own website. What is its focus and who is the target audience?
I do a lot of reviews of equipment on my website and try to keep the focus on preparing. For example, how many reviews of solar powered watches have you seen lately? I do the same with the firearms reviews. Preppers have unique needs in weapons and gear. I try to pass along as much real life experience as I can.
Gaye’s Note: Visit Joe’s website at Joe Nobody Books: A Resource for Self-Reliance
Can you drop some hints about your next book?
My next book will introduce a new serial (not series). It involves the eruption of Yellowstone and what the world might be like after such an event.
Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?
All of the Backdoor Survival readers I’ve encountered have been good, level-headed folks. You all have my best wishes and prayers! Joe
Joe and his publisher, Prepper Press, have reserved a copy of the first three books in the Holding Their Own Series in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.
A special word about the giveaway question/comment: Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”. This week’s question is:
If the economy tanks and jobs are difficult to come by, what options do you have to survive with the skills you currently have? **
The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
** This question was adapted from the Conflicted Card Game “Financial Collapse” card set.
The Final Word
As we get close to the end of 2016, I perceive a division among authors in the survival and preparedness niche. There are many authors that continue to publish valuable content on a wide variety of topics suitable for their specific audience. But there is also an uptick in the number of sites that are pushing what I will call extreme prepping. Many sites crossed this line after the November election.
I have said this many times before but perhaps not in these words: prepping, in general, is a lifestyle that is part and parcel with the way we live our lives, day in and day out. There is nothing extreme about it. On the other hand, extreme prepping is for a doomsday type scenario that may or may not happen in our lifetime. Good to know and good to think about but not, for those of us in Backdoor Survival Land, something we need to live and breathe on a daily basis.
For me, indulging in extreme prepping is something I do vicariously while reading survival fiction, also know as post-apocalyptic fiction. Each book in this genre is a learning experience and for me, a mental exercise as I think about what I would do in a similar situation. There is value in reading survival fiction and we all should do so from time to time. If you are new to the genre, think about picking up one of Joe Nobody’s books. You will find them educational and a good read.
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads
A massacre along the Rio Grande draws Bishop and his SAINT team to the border with Mexico. Their investigation soon reveals a local conflict that challenges the Texan’s moral compass while testing the Alliance’s commitment to individual freedoms.
Butter finds himself at the center of the dilemma, torn between a woman who desperately needs his help and the loyalty he feels toward Bishop and the team. Lured by a girl who has captured his heart, Butter becomes a pawn in a high stakes political game in which he is accused of murder and sentenced to death.
Bishop and Terri must find a way to save their friend without pulling the Alliance into a conflict it cannot win.
A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.